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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 10

February 10th, 2011

Four feet of snow and temperatures of -22 degrees Fahrenheit in Edmonton, Canada, did not deter ATS field technician Tim Bellamy from reaching an intersection safety camera cabinet to conduct system tests last month. Photo by ATS program manager Todd Tugwell.

The city of Seattle, Wash., signed a five-year contract renewal with American Traffic Solutions this past week, and a flurry of other contracts soon followed. Additional signed agreements are in from: Union Township, N.J.; Ferguson, Mo.; Davie and Plantation, Fla.


@ATS_roadsafety There have been 0 fatalities at intersections monitored by safety cameras during the 5+ years the LA program has been in operation.

A legislative effort to allow intersection safety cameras in Connecticut gets a public hearing on Feb. 14. Hear the pros and cons of the debate in this newscast. See the video. WFSB Channel 3, Feb. 9, 2011. 

Washington, D.C., police release a video of red-light running crashes as part of its presentation to the public explaining why the department would like more intersection safety cameras. See the video. TBC.com, ABC Channel 7, Feb. 7, 2011. 

Shaken pedestrians asked for intersection safety cameras to be installed in South Pasadena, Fla., and the city delivered. Cameras are now operating in the warning phase at four locations. See article and video. BayNews9.com, Feb. 6, 2011.

A Virginia House committee rejected a bill that would have prevented any camera installations after July 1 in the state. The measure would have put a stop to Norfolk’s plans to install cameras. See article and video. WVEC.com, Feb. 4, 2011

Green Cove Springs (photo) became the first community in Northeast Florida to activate intersection safety cameras, reports The Florida Times Union. Cameras at two locations began issuing photographs for tickets on Feb. 6. Jacksonville.com, Feb. 6, 2011. Times-Union photo by Bruce Lipsky.

Cameras Prove Valuable in Winter Springs, Fla.
SeminoleChronicle.com, Feb. 9, 2011

There’s never a good time to get a traffic ticket, especially when it comes in the mail with photographic evidence. But red-light cameras, despite their ability to ruin a person’s day and break the bank, have proven their effectiveness in the city of Winter Springs.

New Jersey Town Council Gives Green Light to ATS
Morristown Patch, Feb. 9, 2011

The Morristown Town Council voted 6-1 to award American Traffic Solutions with the contract to install red-light traffic cameras.

Alabama City Considers Intersection Safety Cameras
TimesDaily.com, Feb. 9, 2011

The number of motor vehicle crashes in Florence has decreased in recent years thanks to a police unit focused almost exclusively on traffic, but Chief Rick Singleton thinks the department can do better.

Driver Injured in Red-Light Running Collision in Lubbock, Texas
Fox34 News, Feb. 7, 2011

A collision between a passenger vehicle and a sand truck resulted in the car’s driver being flown by helicopter to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Authorities say the automobile driver ran a red light.

AAA Carolinas Speaks Up for Road Safety Cameras
IslandPacket.com, Feb. 7, 2011

AAA Carolinas has endorsed the town of Ridgeland’s controversial use of cameras to cite speeders on Interstate 95. The affiliate of the American Automobile Association lauded the cameras as “a public safety success story,” opposed a bill that would ban the cameras and urged the organization’s members to contact lawmakers.

Washington D.C., to Expand Number of Road Safety Cameras
The Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2011

Speeders, red-light runners and other unlawful motorists beware: D.C. police are expanding the number of traffic cameras and increasing the types of infractions for which the technology can be used, authorities said.

Police Renew Push for Red-Light Cameras
Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 5, 2011

The North Las Vegas Police Department has long felt hamstrung in trying to implement a tool that it is confident would save lives. … Police argue that red-light cameras would prompt motorists to slow down versus speed up when the lights turn yellow, and want legislative permission to conduct a pilot project to learn if that would happen in their city.

Littleton, Colo., Plans for 2 More Intersection Safety Cameras
Littleton Independent, Feb. 4, 2011

Littleton City Council has approved a plan to install red-light cameras at two more locations in the city, bringing the total to 11 approaches at five intersections.

Cities with Red-Light Cameras Save Lives, National Study Finds
Houston Chronicle, Feb. 9, 2011

It comes way too late to influence the rejection of red-light cameras by Houstonians in a municipal referendum in 2010, but a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety makes a strong case that unplugging the devices will result in additional traffic fatalities here. It’s an indication that Houston, bucking a national trend that has over 500 communities using the cameras, has made a costly mistake.

Cameras Emerge as Vital Public Safety Tool
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 9, 2011

Cameras are now omnipresent everywhere, from cell phones capturing vivid videos of today’s popular uprising in Egypt and quickly being posted on the Internet to a surveillance device recording the suspect in last spring’s failed Times Square bomb plot as he fled the scene. Stores, banks and other businesses employ cameras, though their effectiveness as a crime deterrent remains debatable. But images are valuable to investigators in solving crimes.

Camera Opponents Ought to Rethink Priorities
The Daily News, Feb. 7, 2011

Tim Eyman states that the feeling of community is shattered when individuals who violate traffic laws are required to take responsibility for their actions and pay a fine — he describes this as treating citizens like ATMs. I would argue that he and his supporters have misguided values and priorities.

Evidence on Side of Camera Backers
Arizona Daily Star, Feb. 7, 2011

A new study made waves in the transportation community last week with data showing red-light cameras reduced fatal red-light crashes by 24 percent in 14 of the biggest cities with cameras. The study gave camera proponents an opportunity for an “I told you so,” and sent foes scrambling to dispute the data. … This is one of the times the data support the bureaucratic claim that “the cameras aren’t there for money,” but for safety.

Wounded Parents Support Red-Light Cameras
The Toledo Blade, Feb. 7, 2011

We lost our daughter, Sarah, after a man ran a red light and crashed into her car. He disregarded the most basic traffic safety law: red means stop. … If a law-enforcement tool is proven to prevent tragedies such as Sarah’s, why wouldn’t we use it?

Intersection Safety Cameras Are Worth Another Chance
The Joplin Globe (Missouri), Feb. 6, 2011

A study released last week shows that the controversial red light cameras are actually saving lives. … Given this, perhaps Missouri, and Joplin, should take another look at red-light cameras and their effect on saving lives.

Objections to Cameras Crumple Under Pressure
The Vancouver Columbian/The Bellingham Herald (Washington state), Feb. 6, 2011

The Washington Post published a story on Tuesday that supports what The Columbian has maintained in several editorials in recent years: Red-light cameras save lives.

Red-Light Cameras Get Results
The Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2011

The evidence is incontrovertible that red-light cameras save lives and could save many more if they were in wider use. They do so mainly by deterring and reducing the number of side-impact accidents, known as T-bone crashes. The rancorous, misguided debate over the cameras, which capture images of vehicles as they run through red traffic lights, is now settled. The District and other cities are well justified in expanding the deployment of such lifesaving equipment.

Studies show the use of automated enforcement programs reduce crashes and fatalities. It is no different from doing drunk-driving enforcement. If I can stop the kind of behavior that leads to traffic fatalities, I can save lives. That’s my job.”

– Cathy L. Lanier, Washington, D.C., Police Chief
The Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2011

Visit the IIHS webpage to download the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s much talked about report that says intersection safety cameras saved 159 lives in 14 of America’s largest cities over a five-year period, and could save more lives if they are more broadly used.

Combined collision counts fell from 22 to two at separate intersections in Capitola by the Sea, Calif., from two years before intersection safety cameras were installed to two years after installation. Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (California), Feb. 7, 2011.

Total red-light running fatal crashes dropped from 26 to 11 from 1992-1996 to 2004-2008 in San Diego. Source:  North County Times (California), Feb. 7, 2011.

Intersection safety cameras at a location in Littleton, Colo., have recorded signification drops in violations counts: eastbound violations have fallen 83 percent and northbound violations have declined 52 percent since August 2009.  Source: Littleton Independent, Feb. 4, 2011. 

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